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What the New Federal DUI Safety Law Means for Atlanta Drivers

By Grant Law Office on August 10, 2022

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Starting in 2026, all new cars sold in the United States will be required to have drunk driving monitors installed. The monitors will be able to detect when a driver is over the legal limit for alcohol and will automatically disable the car’s ignition. The new law is being implemented to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents and fatalities in Atlanta and across the country. This is a significant step forward in keeping our roads safe.

DUI accidents are some of the most severe and common accidents that occur. If you have been injured due to the recklessness of an intoxicated driver, it is crucial to hire an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to represent you. A DUI accident victim lawyer at the Grant Law Office will be able to investigate the accident, gather evidence, and negotiate with the other driver’s insurance company to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation available to you. Contact our experienced attorneys at (404) 995-3955 today for a consultation.

New Federal DUI Safety Law Driving Technology

A new federal law has been passed that requires all new vehicles to be equipped with technology to detect when a driver is intoxicated. This new law is aimed at reducing the number of drunk driving accidents and fatalities. The technology detects the driver’s blood alcohol level and sends a warning signal to the vehicle’s computer. If the driver’s blood alcohol level exceeds the legal limit, the car will not allow the engine to start. This new law is expected to significantly impact the number of drunk driving accidents and fatalities.

How Can DUIs Be Prevented

DUIs can be prevented by several different methods.

Use a designated driver. This is where someone in your group of friends or family agrees to be the sober driver for the night. This designated driver will then make sure that everyone gets home safely.

Take public transportation. This is an excellent option if you are drinking and do not want to risk driving. You can take the bus, train, or even a taxi. This way, you can enjoy your night out without worrying about going.

Higher penalties. Law enforcement can increase the penalties for those caught driving under the influence. This may include longer jail sentences, higher fines, and the loss of driving privileges. These penalties act as a deterrent to those considering moving while intoxicated.

More checkpoints. Law enforcement can play a role in preventing DUIs by increasing patrols and checkpoints when drunk driving is more likely to occur, such as on weekends and holidays. This helps to catch and arrest those who are driving while intoxicated.

Choose not to drink. This is the best way to prevent a DUI. However, if you are going to be driving, it is essential to stay sober. You should never get behind the wheel if you have been drinking. If you drink, have a sober driver or take public transportation.

Drunk Driving Statistics

Traffic fatalities related to alcohol make up almost 30% of all traffic fatalities each year, which is a number that has been slowly decreasing over time. However, drinking and driving still kills more than 10,000 people each year. According to the NHTSA, one alcohol-related death occurs every 52 minutes in the U.S. and drinking and driving costs more than $44 billion in deaths and damages annually. To help decrease these numbers, law enforcement officers have been cracking down on drunk driving and working to spread awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Hire a Lawyer After a Drunk Driving Accident

If you have been involved in a drunk driving accident, it is vital to hire a lawyer to represent you. An attorney at the Grant Law Office can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected. They can also help you obtain compensation for your damages.

Drunk driving accidents can be complex, and it is important to have an experienced lawyer on your side. Contact an Atlanta personal injury lawyer at the Grant Law Office today to discuss your case if you have been injured in a drunk driving accident. Call (404) 995-3955 today for a consultation.

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